Roads are on candidate’s radar

SUPPORT FOR NORTH: Road maintenance in the northern areas of Colac Otway Shire is among the issues Janine Benson hopes to tackle as a councillor if she wins election later this year.

SUPPORT FOR NORTH: Road maintenance in the northern areas of Colac Otway Shire is among the issues Janine Benson hopes to tackle as a councillor if she wins election later this year.

Colac’s Janine Benson says accountability, roads and greater accessibility to Colac’s arts centre will be high on her agenda if she becomes a councillor in October.

The district nurse will stand at this year’s upcoming Colac Otway Shire Council election and believes she can help make a difference, particularly for communities north of the Princes Highway.

Ms Benson helped launch Colac’s Suspended Coffees program which encourages people to pay for a coffee which sits as a credit at a cafe for someone who can’t afford a warm drink.

But she said her new focus was hopefully becoming a councillor and trying to create a gender balance on the council.

“Accountability is a big issue. If something happens the council needs to say ‘this is the issue, this is the cost, it may mean an increase in your rates’ but be open about it.

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